Robinson Cano
Mariners' Robinson Cano: Not in lineup with illness
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
3:52 PM
News: Cano was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a head cold, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Mike Freeman will start in Cano's place Thursday with the 34-year-old not feeling well. Assuming it's nothing more than a head cold, he shouldn't be out for too long.

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Jed Lowrie
Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Ready to fight for second-base job
Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK
1:03 PM
News: Lowrie, who faces an imminent challenge from promising prospect Franklin Barreto despite the latter's recent return to the minors, feels confident in his ability to hang on to his second-base job for the duration of the season, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports.

The 32-year-old has had a solid spring, hitting .290 with a pair of doubles, three RBI, three walks and five runs over 31 at-bats. However, Barreto was blasting the cover off the ball before being sent down to Triple-A Nashville, as he'd hit .481 (13-for-27) with a triple, home run and five RBI. Although Barreto's natural position is shortstop, there's not exactly an opening at the major league level considering that's the spot Marcus Semien, he of the career-high 27 homers in 2016, mans. That leaves Lowrie's position as the most logical alternative, and accordingly, Barreto will get plenty of time there at Nashville to start the season, with an eye on a leap back up to the big leagues at some point in 2017. Lowrie is up for the challenge, however, remarking that he's feeling as healthy as he has in years after offseason surgeries on his foot and a deviated septum, the latter procedure correcting an issue that had prevented him from getting restful sleep. "I'm as fit as I've been in a long time," he said. "It's a combination of the surgery and the work that I put in in the offseason. I'm feeling great."

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Erik Gonzalez
Indians' Erik Gonzalez: Hitting .295 in heated race for job
Erik Gonzalez, 2B, CLE
12:49 PM
News: Gonzalez, who's competing for the team's utility role, is hitting .295 (13-for44) with nine RBI and five runs through 19 spring games.

With Jason Kipnis (shoulder) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the Tribe could use the services of Gonzalez to begin the year. Manager Terry Francona has raved about Gonzalez's glove, even suggesting the 25-year-old has award-winning ability in the field. As of now, there remain a lot of moving parts when it comes to building the team's infield, but Gonzalez is at least on the radar. However, even if he can win the big-league job, he brings little to the table in terms of fantasy-league value.

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Joey Wendle
Athletics' Joey Wendle: Will resume throwing
Joey Wendle, 2B, OAK
12:11 PM
News: Wendle will resume throwing on Thursday after being shut down with a shoulder issue, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

Wendle hasn't appeared in a spring game since March 7 due to an undisclosed shoulder issue, though he recently underwent an MRI that showed no significant damage, which is positive news. The A's likely won't rush the 26-year-old back, as he's expected to start the year out at Triple-A.

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Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Returns from WBC
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
10:53 AM
News: Schoop returned to Orioles camp on Wednesday after playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Schoop played in all seven of his team's WBC games, managing a .222/.300/.333 slash line over 27 at-bats. Despite the pedestrian numbers, the 25-year-old showed what he's capable of by going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Netherlands' second-round loss to Japan. Schoop will enter his fifth MLB season (fourth as a starter) looking to build off 2016's breakout campaign. The second baseman has emerged as one of the best power hitters at his position. On the other hand, Schoop lacks plate discipline (3.2 percent walk rate in 2016) and must improve upon last year's 21.2 percent strikeout rate in order to take the next step in his career.

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Whit Merrifield
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Notches fifth stolen base of spring training
Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC
9:51 AM
News: Merrifield went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Padres in Cactus League play.

Merrifield's five stolen bases during Cactus League games are tops among all Royals players, and his contributions on the basepaths to go with a .389 on-base percentage have kept him in the mix for the starting job at second base to begin the season. Unfortunately for Merrifield, Raul Mondesi has been even more impressive in the batter's box during the spring and appears to be the frontrunner for the Opening Day gig at the keystone, so Merrifield may be more realistically competing with Christian Colon for a utility role in the infield at this stage of spring camp.

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Carlos Sanchez
White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez: Homers, triples Wednesday
Carlos Sanchez, 2B, CHW
3/22/2017
News: Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple in Wednesday's game against Oakland.

Sanchez appears destined to be the White Sox's utility infielder as Tyler Saladino has earned the right to replace Brett Lawrie as the team's starting second baseman. He's hitting .289 (13-for-45) with two homers and five RBI.

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Rougned Odor
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Back with Texas following WBC
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX
3/22/2017
News: Odor has gone 0-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout in two games since returning from the World Baseball Classic.

The 22-year-old is sitting Wednesday with Drew Robinson filling in at the keystone. Odor turned in a strong showing for Team Venezuela, going 5-for-19 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three strikeouts, after hitting safely in five straight Cactus League games to begin spring training. He's locked in as the Rangers' everyday second baseman.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: To make Grapefruit League debut Friday
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
3/22/2017
News: Travis (knee) will in his first Grapefruit League game Friday, freelance writer John Lott reports.

He is set to play second base for five innings in Friday's game. Travis has been playing in minor-league games for over a week, and logged five innings at the keystone Wednesday. It sounds like he might have enough time to get fully acclimated for Opening Day.

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Dustin Ackley
Angels' Dustin Ackley: Still limited to DH duties
Dustin Ackley, 2B, LAA
3/22/2017
News: Ackley (shoulder) will serve as the DH and bat sixth in the order in Wednesday's split-squad game against the Mariners.

Ackley's shoulder injury has limited him to just six appearances all spring, and the fact that he's still confined to DH duties doesn't bode well for the non-roster invitee's chances of winning an Opening Day spot. If Ackley fails to break camp with the Angels, he'll likely begin the campaign at Triple-A Salt Lake.

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